Controlling Vitamin Deficiencies in Picky Eaters

Children who are picky eaters would tend to lose out on these important elements due to inadequate dietary intake. For these group of children especially, it is recommended to take daily supplement. To put it briefly, children who have poor appetite, with irregular eating habits or part of a peculiar eating lifestyle (vegan/vegetarian) would need supplementation of vitamins. Vitamins A and C intake is usually inadequate for these children. Vitamin D, usually sourced from sunlight (which many of us tend to shy away from), is also difficult to get from food alone.

Let’s go through the important elements that could be easily missed from an incomplete diet.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for normal growth and healthy skin. It also helps in both night light and color vision.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B plays an important role in cell metabolism which is important in production of energy and overall health. The B vitamins are also important in red cell production.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C increases immune system: resistance to infection, improves healing and strengthen the tissues in our body such as skin and muscle and other connective tissues. Iron absorption is also aided by this vitamin.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is vital as builder of bones. It is a regulator of calcium and phosphorus absorption and its overall metabolism in the body. Therefore, a child with healthy bones and teeth must not be deprived of vitamin D.

Who is at risk for Vitamin D deficiency? Babies and young children from 6 months to 5 years old, older people aged 65 above, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people who are not exposed to direct sunlight – those who cover their skin or confined to indoors for prolonged periods. Take note that darker skin individuals need longer time of sunlight exposure for Vitamin D production.

Iron

This mineral is crucial for production of blood as well as muscle building. For a growing child, one must have adequate iron intake.

Calcium

This mineral is vital for bone development and ensuring bone strength. Calcium deficiency will certainly affect growth due to abnormal bone development and also cause osteoporosis in adulthood.

Lysine

What is Lysine? Lysine is one of the essential amino acids.
Lysine helps improve appetite and will help improve child’s food variety intake. Besides that, Lysine enhances intestinal absorption as well as enhances calcium absorption for preventing osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, many children do not get adequate Lysine in their diet and studies have shown that those who were supplemented with Lysine led to improved growth and weight gain.

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It is important for children to have a good appetite and healthy diet

One could not overemphasize the importance for children to have a healthy, wholesome and balanced diet to ensure that they would get all the important elements. Eating a variety of food in healthy amount would achieve this aim.

Children who are picky eating, who have poor appetite or those practicing special kind of diet would benefit from receiving supplements. Supplements that are useful are those that will improve their appetite and prevent deficiencies of these important elements so that we can ensure healthy growth and development for our children.

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